The Architect and the Urn exhibit

Lundgren Monuments in association with Vital 5 Productions is proud to present The Architect and the Urn – a west coast exploration of the cremation urn as architectural object, June 3 – July 18, 2010. Twenty-five architects from Seattle to Los Angeles approach the and concept of housing human ash in this complex and conceptually rich exhibition.

Americans have an unhealthy relationship with death and remembrance. Death care has become a multi-billion dollar industry almost devoid of artists, designers and architects. Instead it is clogged with mass produced plastic urns and heavy, uninspired blocks of imported granite. With the choice of cremation on the rise, more and more of our departed friends and family are returning to us in the form of ash. In the design savvy culture that we live in, it is amazing how few interesting choices exist for us to address this transformed matter. The Architect and the Urn exhibition is assembled to approach this social trend and help fortify the ideas and forms that define our very last residence.

Curated by Greg Lundgren, The Architect and the Urn is on exhibition at the boutique located at 1011 Boren Avenue, Seattle WA 98104. You can see the complete poster after the break.

Cite: "The Architect and the Urn exhibit" 04 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 02 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=63304>

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    I as well think that architects need to keep getting involved in things that have nothing to do with architecture. This is good stuff guys. After this we’ll move on to buoy design, because the flotation industry, as well, is clearly missing the point!

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    “I as well think that architects need to keep getting involved in things that have nothing to do with architecture.”
    I agree with this brilliant irony. After this we’ll move onto furniture. Come on Corbusier. Come on Aalto. Why couldn’t you guys just be architects?

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